North Carolina Colleges & Universities

The Tar Heel State boasts the oldest state university in the United States. Check out colleges in North Carolina to see if this might be the state where you want to further your education.

North Carolina Colleges: Centuries of Learning: Located on the southern seabord of the United States, North Carolina is one of the top three fastest growing states in the U.S. North Carolina has much to offer for students and graduates searching for employment. Having experienced a 16.6% growth in population from 2000 to 2009, students might just be heading South for their studies because of the low cost of living and scenic environment that North Carolina has to offer. Although it costs less to live there, people make slightly less than the national average. The average median family income in 2008 in North Carolina was $56,558, compared to the U.S average of $63,211.

North Carolina Schools, Colleges, and Universities: North Carolina has taken education seriously for hundreds of years: in 1795, it opened the first public university in the United States, The University of North Carolina. Today, that university is now known as The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The University of North Carolina system has evolved, after over 200 years, into a vast educational network of higher learning that includes seventeen public universities. With such a large number of colleges and universities, one can earn degrees in any subject. A few North Carolina schools include:

  • • Appalachian State University
  • • Western Carolina University
  • • UNC Asheville
  • • UNC Charlotte
  • • UNC Greensboro
  • • UNC Pembroke

North Carolina also offers a number of private colleges and universities. The North Carolina community college system is comprised of 58 educational systems, and it serves 800,000 people. Technical Schools in the community college system such as Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College offer employment training in a wide range of fields including accounting, culinary training, medical transcription and more. The cost of North Carolina colleges depends on whether the school is a college or a university, public or private. Fees for attending North Carolina schools can range from upwards of $30,000 for private college tuition, to around $2,000 a year for classes at a community college.

Growing Industries in North Carolina: North Carolina ranks number one in the United States for industry employment in the Solid Wood industry, and it's also first in wooden furniture production. Other top industries in North Carolina include hog farming, information technology and textiles & apparel. Major North Carolina employers include Nortel Networks, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and Moses H Cone Memorial Center. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, occupations with the highest rate of growth from August 2009 to August 2010 are:

  • • Professional & Business Services--5.1%
  • • Government--4.0%
  • • Information--3.8%

Students who decide to pursue their education in North Carolina might want to consider focusing their studies on any of the above occupations for increased opportunities of attaining a job after graduation. Students might also want to consider earning a degree in biotechnology: North Carolina is the third largest biotechnology producer in the country. As of September 2010, the Washington D.C. based National Manufacturing Institute and the National Center for Biotechnology Workforce created an alliance to develop a highly-trained workforce in biotechnology, which will create jobs on both state and national levels.

Nicole Seaton.

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